The APA Style Research Report

Write with Purpose: What Do You Want Your Paragraph To Do?

Students often have the greatest anxiety about writing the Introduction and Discussion sections of an APA style paper. Part of the problem is that they struggle with writing properly constructed paragraphs. This guide from the University of Newcastle not only describes several types of paragraphs, but outlines what the topic, supporting, and concluding sentences should …

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Practice Creating an Outline for an APA Style Introduction Based on Notes

This resource helps students practice the process of outlining an APA style Introduction based on notes taken on research articles. It provides note sheets from 8 research articles and a template to help students plan and organize the structure of an APA style Introduction. Please click here for the file.

Student Guide to SPSS and APA Style Writing (v.12.0)

This guide (created by Gary Lewandowski; Twitter: @LewandowskiPhD) is a free resource that can substitute for the APA Manual and SPSS guides. The Student Guide leads students through data analysis in SPSS with step-by-step instructions and screenshots for setting up the analyses and interpreting the output. For each analysis, students also see an example SPSS …

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APA Style (7th Edition): Annotated Sample Papers (Professional & Student)

One of the most helpful resources instructors can provide for students is a solid example. To facilitate learning APA Style, the APA has provided several sample papers for both professional and student formats. Here are two annotated examples: Professional Paper – Annotated Version (Sample Only Version) Student Paper – Annotated Version (Sample Only Version)

APA Style (7th Edition): Avoiding Several Types of Plagiarism

Students can always use additional information about plagiarism as a refresher. In this handout from the APA, they distinguish between word plagiarism and idea plagiarism, as well as discuss “patchwriting.” (which may be a new concept for students) You can find the handout here.

APA Style (7th Edition): Writing the Discussion (Key Phrases to Use)

Anyone who has ever taught writing of APA Style Research Reports, knows that students struggle with writing the Discussion section. The APA now provides a handout that helps students by providing key phrases for each subsection. These should help students better match their content to the appropriate section. You can find the handout here.

APA Style (7th Edition): References

The video is a bit long (over an hour) and the audio quality isn’t stellar, but it has lots of good information. Instructors could provide this to students and have confidence that all of the key elements were covered. Here is an additional resource/handout that summarizes APA Style References as well.

APA Style (7th Edition): Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style

This is an online guide from the APA that introduces APA Style writing and formatting. This would be a great resource to introduce students to APA, especially for an online course. From the site “By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to understand and implement the following basic elements of APA Style” …

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Writing Quantitative Empirical Manuscripts With Rigor and Flair (Yes, It’s Possible)

This article, authored by Marianne Fallon (Central Connecticut State University) in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, addresses the myth that APA style writing needs to be boring. The article features lots of great advice for students (and for more senior researchers). Students could read this before starting their paper to give them a …

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APA Style (7th Edition): Sample Notated Paper

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a premier source for all types of resources for teaching writing, including APA style (Here is a link to all of their APA materials). But perhaps the most useful resource is their sample research report with abundant notations highlighting key points for students. Not only that, but they …

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Simple Rules for Concise Scientific Writing

A central feature of scientific writing is clear and concise prose. This paper by Scott Hotaling (follow him on Twitter) provides a set of easy to follow rules to follow when writing research papers. Though this isn’t specifically for psychology or APA style papers, his suggestions are fantastic general tips for becoming a better writer. …

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Video: How to Do Chi-Square in JASP

Video (10:27) from Research by Design in which, “We learn how to calculate a One-Way Chi-Square goodness of fit test in JASP using the setting for Multinomial Test. For the null hypothesis, we assume that the observed values in one group (the Pigs) do not differ from the values in a comparison population (the Bears) …

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Video: How to Do Simple Linear Regression in JAS

Video (23:18) from Research by Design in which, “Exploring our data about burnout and job satisfaction, we predict an outcome with a single variable using simple linear regression in JASP. I explain how regression works, then open an SPSS dataset in JASP. We explore the assumptions of homoscedasticity and linearity with a scatterplot and normality …

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Video: How to Do a Pearson Correlation in JASP

Video (18:47) from Research by Design in which, “Using a dataset about burnout and job satisfaction, we learn how to conduct a simple correlation, how to interpret it, and how to write it up in APA style. We begin by exploring the theoretical relationship among the variables to understand how correlation works. After we walk …

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Video: How to Do an One-Way ANOVA in JASP

Video (14:02) from Research by Design in which, “We are off to see the wizard with an example of a one-way (factorial) ANOVA involving wicked witches and munchkins. We open a .CSV dataset in JASP, check the assumptions of homogeneity of variance and normality, conduct the test, interpret the results, and write up the findings …

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Video: How to Do an Independent Samples t Test in JASP

Video (18:29) from Research by Design in which, “Using a dataset about puppy training, we learn how to set up and run an independent samples t test. We import data into JASP, conduct the test, interpret the results and write up the findings. We will learn to check the assumptions of homogeneity of variance using …

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